Our on-farm apprenticeships provide a solid foundation in sustainable agricultural practices. Designed for aspiring farmers with some previous experience, apprentice education focuses on farm management as well as business skills.
Begun in 2007, our apprentice program is designed to provide a solid foundation in sustainable agriculture and additional training in managerial skills for more experienced apprentices. Through a combination of classroom and in-field instruction apprentices gain experience with the broad array of skills needed for success in managing a sustainable farm. To date, we have trained close to 50 aspiring young farmers, a majority of whom have continued careers in agriculture and local food systems.
We will begin accepting apprentice applications for 2020 September 1st, 2019.
In order to supplement the education our farming apprentices receive in our fields and in the classroom, we participate in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), which is a model for sharing complementary farm training in collaboration with participating farms.
Mid-Hudson CRAFT participants visit host farms for a tour, talk or demonstration on a specific topic. These visits to other farms offer farmers-in-training exposure to a number of diverse farm enterprises, as well as opportunities to develop practical skills and network with other farmers and apprentices.
The 2019 schedule will be posted in the spring of 2019. Click here to view the 2018 Mid-Hudson CRAFT Schedule. If you would like to join Mid-Hudson CRAFT, please contact Dave Llewellyn.